Baseball Pac-12 power rankings: Wildcats slide further
1. No. 2 Oregon State (31-8, 14-4 Pac-12)
The Beavers established themselves as the best in the Pac-12 after sweeping Oregon at home. Only No. 1 Virginia (37-9) is ahead of OSU now in the NCBWA poll.
2. No. 13 Washington (29-11-1, 16-5)
Losing to Seattle (21-19) again didn’t look good for the Huskies, but they are still the second best team in the conference. Expect UW to break out the brooms on the road against Utah this weekend.
3. USC (24-18, 12-9)
Its nine-game win streak was snapped by UC Irvine (29-14) at Dedeaux Field Tuesday, but USC has looked fantastic the past week. This weekend the Trojans travel to Pullman, Wash., in an attempt to make Washington State their third straight conference series sweep.
4. No. 10 Oregon (31-13, 10-8)
The Ducks were riding a nine-game win streak; they had a lot of momentum. Then Oregon State kicked them in the teeth over the weekend. Luckily for Oregon, it has a three-game home series against a struggling Arizona squad coming up.
Sophomore Scott Kingery anticipates a pitch during Arizona's 2-1 loss to ASU on Friday. The Wildcats are on track to finish with its worst record in recent memory
5. ASU (24-17, 12-9)
Even if it doesn’t make the postseason, ASU can still look back on the season happy it captured the baseball point for the Territorial Cup, after taking two of three against Arizona. The schedule ahead is probably too tough to guarantee the playoffs for the Sun Devils.
6. UCLA (22-19-1, 9-9)
Being swept by USC over the weekend hurt UCLA a lot. Not only is it embarrassing to be swept by your rival, but now its chances of making the playoffs has been trimmed even slimmer. The Bruins are having a similar season to Arizona’s last year, defending their national title.
7. California (19-21, 7-11)
Cal is a resilient baseball team. It showed a lot of grit winning a series against Stanford over the weekend, including a 7-4 win Saturday victory in 10 innings. Expect Oregon State to rain on the Golden Bears’ parade this weekend though.
8. Stanford (19-19, 7-11)
The Cardinal wins a game, then it loses a game. It wins two or three in a row, then drops a pair of contests consecutively. Stanford is an inconsistent, .500 team that is playing for pride at this point.
9. Washington State (18-22, 8-10)
Washington State has won only two of its last 10 games, and is just trying to scrape through the end of the season. The timing of its upcoming series against a blazing hot USC team could not be worse.
10. Arizona (18-25, 7-14)
The 2014 season became even more forgettable for the Wildcats after they lost two out of three at home to ASU. The good news for Arizona is it has absolutely nothing to lose against an Oregon team under a lot of pressure to deliver at least a series win this weekend.
11. Utah (13-25, 3-15)
The Utes keep losing a lot more than they win, and that’s unlikely to change as the season continues to wind down. At least the weather in Salt Lake City is getting better.
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